Jonathan Rhys Meyers: 'I'm Not a Romantic'

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: 'I'm Not a Romantic'
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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updated 01/31/2009 at 09:35 AM EST

originally published 02/01/2009 09:15AM

He plays a royal with very sensual tastes in the Showtime hit The Tudors, but don't expect Jonathan Rhys Meyers to emulate Henry VIII's romantic prowess in real life.

“I’m not a romantic guy at all,” says Rhys Meyers, 31.

But it's not all bad news for the Irish actor's female fans.

“It’s not that I don’t believe in romance,” the actor said Friday while promoting the new cologne HUGO Element at Macy's in New York City. “It’s that I don’t believe in dinner for two by the ocean, walking down the beach holding hands – that version of romance.

“I think I’m probably romantic, but I’m not outwardly romantic. I’m not a player.”

In fact, Rhys Meyers is quick to point out that the British royal wasn't much of a player either.

“Well, Henry was actually quite a prude," he says, "I don’t think he’d be remembered as sexy in history."

But the series is all about "putting a modern-day take on" history, he adds.

In fact, the third season, which premieres April 15, "is better than seasons one and two put together," says Rhys Meyers. "I go through three wives this season!”

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